Jewellery Chain Repair: Everything You Need To Know

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Repairing jewellery for your customers is often a large part of business that comes through your doors unexpectedly, and can be a good way of making some extra money alongside your jewellery designs. So it pays to know the ins and outs of jewellery chain repair. From basic repairs to soldering chain links, we’ve put together this jewellery chain repair guide so that you can … [Read more...]

What is Gallery Strip?

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Gallery wire, or gallery strip, is a flat band of metal made up of a continuous pattern which is usually cut into a series of upright prongs or columns, as well as a number of other decorative designs. The term ‘gallery’ refers to the area directly beneath the stone, and often joins the base of a setting to the functional setting surface. In some instances, the gallery strip … [Read more...]

An Introduction to Ecosilver

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In an age where consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the impact of their buying decisions, we want to know where our goods have come from but also how they have been produced. As such, things are changing for the better, with companies working hard to provide more protection for workers as well as full accountability and traceability of their products, whilst also … [Read more...]

Making Personalised Gifts for Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is rapidly approaching, so if you are thinking of creating something special it’s time to get organised. If you start now there is still time to make Mum a personalised gift or piece of customised jewellery, and a great way to do this is by using metal stamping techniques. Handmade Mother’s Day Gifts You could either stick to classic flowers or hearts as a theme, … [Read more...]

4 Ways To Showcase Cabochon Stones

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If you’re looking to inject a touch of colour to your jewellery creations, you may want to consider cabochon cut gemstones and ways to showcase them. In a previous article, we outlined fourteen easy steps to making a cabochon ring with bezel strips, but now we’re taking the showcasing of cabochon stones further. What about necklaces? Or even brooches? Our focus in this … [Read more...]

Brand Focus: ImpressArt Metal Stamping Tools

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ImpressArt are widely renowned as one of the world’s leading producers of metal stamps and metal stamping products, and have an impressive range to choose from. Until recently, metal stamps were produced exclusively for industrial use on large scale production runs, and for business purposes only. However, ImpressArt spotted a gap in the market and decided to produce a range … [Read more...]

Jewellery Making for Beginners: Top 5 Questions

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Are you just starting out with basic jewellery making techniques and want to get your questions answered? You’ve come to the right place! We’ve broken down the answers to some of our most commonly asked questions about jewellery making for beginners. In our YouTube video, professional jeweller Janet Royle answers five common questions about jewellery making for beginners. … [Read more...]

How To Create A Cohesive Jewellery Collection

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There’s so much more to creating a cohesive jewellery collection than producing 15 different designs and stamping your own logo on each one, ready for sale. Producing a signature collection that is as distinctive as it is interconnected, is a difficult process to get right, especially if you’re in the midst of moving away from making one-off pieces. That’s why we’ve put … [Read more...]

Ethical Jewellery Making: Discover Fairtrade Gold

Working with Fairtrade Gold

Guest blog article written by Harriet Kelsall, Founder and Chair of Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery. Harriet is also Chair of the National Association of Jewellers, and a non-executive director for both the Responsible Jewellery Council and the British Hallmarking Council. Whilst not as well-known as Fairtrade coffee or chocolate, Fairtrade Certified Gold is becoming … [Read more...]

Choosing Wedding Jewellery for Bridesmaids

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Creating or buying jewellery for bridesmaids can be a tricky business. Regardless of the scale of a wedding, if there will be bridesmaids then there will undoubtedly be different ages, sizes, styles and characters to consider - and so if you are trying to achieve a uniform look, this can be a challenge! To do this for bridesmaids, you could either decide on a colour or motif … [Read more...]